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Bar News - March 18, 2011

In Memoriam: Mark J. Bennett

Concord attorney Mark J. Bennett, 56, of Concord, died recently after a long illness. His life was marked by a long career of law practice for public agencies and municipalities.

A native of Connecticut, Bennett was raised both there and in Ohio. After high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Toledo. Following his undergraduate education, Bennett attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law, known at the time as Franklin Pierce Law Center, where he eventually received his law degree. He also received a post-graduate degree in banking and financial law from the Boston University School of Law.

Bennett served the majority of his legal career as an attorney for municipalities and government organizations. Early in his career, Bennett successfully represented the NH State Hospital in an appeal against the loss of its accreditation. In 1983 he took a job as assistant city attorney and city prosecutor for the city of Keene. In 1987 he became the chief corporate legal officer for the city of Nashua and in 1999 he joined the NH Department of Revenue Administration where he was the sole administrative hearings officer for the department.

Active in the community, Bennett created a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal guardianship services to institutionalized elderly citizens. He was co-chairman of the Recipientís Rights Task Force and was chairman of the NH Personnel Appeals Board.

He is survived by his brother, Garth Bennett.

In honor of our colleague Mark J. Bennett, the NH Bar Association Board of Governors has made a donation to the NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

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